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Sandy High hosts last homecoming in current building

by: Lisa K. Anderson Leadership students prepared the halls of Sandy High for a week’s worth of homecoming events. This is the last homecoming at the old Sandy High building; the new high school, now under construction, opens next fall.

'The spirit stick has been around since my mom was in high school,' Allie Harris, 17, says, revealing a painted, red baton decorated with glitter and ribbons.

She could be bummed about missing the new Sandy High School by a year - she graduates next June - but instead, the leadership student is intent on celebrating her last homecoming.

Leadership students are decked out for the day's dress-up theme -- classy -- as they prepare for a week highlighted with class competitions, hall decorations, a pep assembly, a football game, a parade of floats and a 'Destination Jamaica' dance.

'It's a year everyone will remember,' said 17-year-old Shelbie Davis, community liaison for the student body. 'We're trying everything possible to bring everyone together and go out with a bang.'

Makena Schroder, 17, ASB president, said she has mixed emotions thinking about traditions and the history of the current Sandy High.

Scott Coleman, director of technology for the district and one of the leadership instructors, said the class' goal was to mold traditional homecoming with new aspects.

For one, the dance has a theme and will feature a live band, followed by DJ Brandon Turley, 17, junior class president.

For homecoming court, teachers nominated students this year, and high school students voted from the ballot. King and queen will not necessarily be seniors on the court but members of the class that earns the most spirit points during the week.

One tradition has stuck around. Leadership students will hide the spirit stick somewhere in the school, and whichever class finds it receives spirit points.

'We're trying to get everyone involved, have a blast and have something to be remembered by,' Harris said.